Marcel Brands joins Everton boardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton football director Marcel Brands has joined the club’s board.Brands has already helped implement a number of important changes at Goodison Park and worked closely with manager Marco Silva, chairman Bill Kenwright and chief executive, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, to secure the recruitment of seven players during last summer’s transfer window.He has started work on delivering the Club’s long-term, permanent football strategy.Brands said: “It gives me a lot of confidence that I’m a Board member now and I hope to do the best for our Club.“Being at Everton has been even better than I thought it would be. I was working at a great club in Holland and was happy there but it was a great chance for me to come to the Premier League and join Everton.“At the start I had a great feeling but it’s been a better feeling working here. I work with a lot of great people with blue blood and I’m confident we can achieve many good things in the future.”Kenwright added: “I think we’ve got a great Director of Football who has taken over and changed an awful lot. He has totally reorganised our scouting, he wants our kids to play the same as Marco’s first team and we are really happy with the team we have got. Marcel is terrific to work with. We really feel secure with Marco and Marcel. They won’t sign anyone who they don’t think will improve us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
AC Milan coach Gattuso urges Higuain to reject Chelseaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso admits he doesn’t want to lose Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is now in talks with Chelsea.”If Gonzalo wasn’t training the way I like to see, then I would not have made the decision to use him in the squad against Sampdoria,” assured Gattuso ahead of their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria.“There is gossip around him at this moment, but seeing the way he trains, the effort he puts in and the professionalism with which he treats me, you wouldn’t know.“The rest is down to his brother, his agent and Leonardo. I hope Higuain remains as long as possible, but if that doesn’t happen, then we’ll see. As long as he is here and continues to behave with this level of professionalism, it won’t be a problem for me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp talks Aussie keepersby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits he’s a fan of Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan.Klopp discussed the Aussie ahead of facing Brighton this weekend.He said, “Usually in goal, I didn’t know him [Matthew Ryan] really before I came to England, but Mitch Langerak was my second goalkeeper at Dortmund and I always thought is it possible for Australia to have a better goalkeeper than him? “Yes, obviously because Ryan is fantastic on the line.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hasenhüttl hails Southampton spirit for victory at Leicesterby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton are out of the dropzone after victory over Leicester City.James Ward-Prowse’s penalty and Shane Long’s first goal for nine months earned victory at the King Power Stadium.Long’s strike, in first-half injury time, came just 120 seconds after Yan Valery had been sent off for a second bookable offence.Wilfred Ndidi pulled a goal back in the second half for the Foxes but Claude Puel suffered defeat against his former club. “After the red card for Yan Valery, nobody will have thought we can win this game with 55 minutes to go. It’s a long time to defend against such a good team. Then we scored the second goal which is unbelievable,” Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl said.“Longy did a fantastic job today I think. He was hard-working, going after every ball. In the second-half we said that we will try to keep the clean sheet as long as possible and if a goal happens we stay focused and keep believing that we can take this win.“It’s a fantastic win. It can be a very important one because we showed that we act as a team with fantastic commitment. That’s what I want to see.“We showed today more of our potential that we have to bring to excellence, which is the step we want to go to. It’s only possible with hard work and we had a very good week ahead of this game.”Now I think we have made a very important step but only one, the others have to follow.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Wolves discuss Coady extension as Liverpool, Arsenal circleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool and Arsenal are monitoring Wolves defender Conor Coady. The 25-year-old has starred this season for the Black Country club.It is believed Wolves are preparing a brand new contract for the Englishman to ward off any potential suitors.They would be Liverpool and Arsenal, according to the Daily Mail. Both clubs are in need for a centre-back this month. Coady graduated from Liverpool’s academy in 2013 before joining Huddersfield Town a season later.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid boss Simeone delighted for Diego Costa after goal in victory at Mallorcaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone was delighted for Diego Costa after scoring in victory at Real Mallorca.Costa hasn’t had it easy in front of goal lately and his coach is hoping the this strike will lead to more.”We know that strikers live on goals,” Simeone said after the game.”It’s very good for him and for the team.”I’m happy because he needed the goal. He’s one of our most important players in attack and if our forwards play well then it’s easier to win.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Bologna midfielder Orsolini: Mihajlovic always in touchby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna midfielder Riccardo Orsolini says coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is always in touch.Mihajlovic was diagnosed with leukaemia in July, so spent all of pre-season and most of the campaign so far in hospital undergoing two courses of chemotherapy.“Don’t worry, the boss can make himself heard even when he’s not physically present,” winger Orsolini told DAZN.“He gave us a good telling off even on Skype! We had some cameras installed at the training ground that allow him to watch our sessions live and give us corrections in real time.“He might not be physically with us, but he never leaves our side nonetheless.”
With the NCAA Tournament finishing up its third round games yesterday, we figured we’d give you another kind of bracket to debate until the Sweet 16 gets started. The ‘Round of 64’ matchups in our 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases bracket have been completed, and there were a few surprises – at least to us. You can check out the opening round contests for the #BBN region here, the #FSUTwitter region here, the #WeAre region here, and the #PAWWWL region here.We’ve condensed the ‘Round of 32’ games into this one post, so make sure to vote on all 16 matchups below. Who will eventually be crowned the most annoying fan base in all of college sports?The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases Bracket Vote On The #BBN Region Below1. Kentucky Basketball Fans vs. 8. Ohio State Football FansKentucky Basketball Fans received 68% of the vote against College Basketball Fans Who Only Care About The NCAA Tournament. Ohio State Football Fans crushed Coach Cal Haters, gaining 73% of the vote in their contest. Was OSU seeded too low? We’ll find out when they take on #BBN. More Annoying: Kentucky Basketball Fans or Ohio State Football Fans?4. Indiana Basketball Fans vs. 5. Auburn Football FansAuburn Football Fans just edged Oregon Football Fans, 55%-45%. Indiana Basketball Fans were voted more annoying than Wichita State Basketball Fans, 65%-35%. This could be one of the closest matchups of the entire round. More Annoying: Auburn Football Fans or Indiana Basketball Fans?2. UConn Women’s Basketball Fans vs. 10. People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket PicksUConn Women’s Basketball Fans took down Syracuse Lacrosse Fans, 71%-29%. People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket Picks actually scored the first upset of the tournament, taking down Louisville Basketball Fans, 59%-41%. It’ll be interesting to see which group people find more intolerable here. More Annoying: People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket Picks vs. UConn Women’s Basketball Fans3. S-E-C Chanters vs. 6. Drake Apologists A particularly strong early round matchup here. S-E-C Chanters demolished Boise State Football Fans, 76%-24%. Drake Apologists crushed NC State Basketball Fans, 69%-31%. Good luck picking this one. More Annoying: Drake Apologists or S-E-C Chanters?Vote On The #FSUTwitter Region Below1. Duke Basketball Fans vs. 9. Kansas Basketball FansDuke Basketball Fans beat out Arizona Basketball Fans, 85%-15% in the opening round, proving their worthiness. Kansas Basketball Fans, on the other hand, just eked out Oklahoma Football Fans, 51%-49%. Who marches on to the Sweet 16? More Annoying: Duke Basketball Fans or Kansas Basketball Fans?4. Fans Who Tweet At Recruits vs. 5. West Virginia Football FansFans Who Tweet At Recruits put a whooping on Ole Miss Football Fans, winning 80%-20%. West Virginia Football Fans beat out Conference Realignment Rumormongers, 52%-48%. The Twitter hacks are going to be tough to take down. More Annoying: West Virginia Football Fans or Fans Who Tweet At Recruits?2. Florida State Football Fans vs. 7. North Carolina Basketball FansIt’s an all-ACC matchup in this one. Florida State Football Fans defeated Baylor Football Fans, 79%-21%. North Carolina Basketball Fans cruised against Michigan State Basketball Fans, 72%-28%. We’ll see if they can stop #FSUTwitter’s run to the Final Four. More Annoying: North Carolina Basketball Fans or Florida State Football Fans?3. USC Football Fans vs. 11. NCAA ApologistsUSC Football Fans had a strong showing, gathering 83% of the vote against Rutgers Football Fans. Meanwhile, in a true upset, NCAA Apologists took down Florida Football Fans, 52%-48%. The Trojans fan base is a heavy favorite here. More Annoying: NCAA Apologists or USC Football Fans?Vote On The #WeAre Region Below1. Notre Dame Football Fans vs. 9. Maryland Basketball FansNotre Dame Football Fans may be the most annoying group in the country when it’s all said and done. Irish supporters scored 86% of the vote against BYU Basketball Fans in the first round. Maryland Basketball Fans scored an upset, taking down Iowa Football Fans 55%-45%. More Annoying: Notre Dame Football Fans or Maryland Basketball Fans?4. Miami Football Fans vs. 5. Michigan Football FansMiami Football Fans were voted more annoying than Nebraska Football Fans, 60%-40%. Michigan Football Fans, perhaps underseeded, crushed UCLA Basketball Fans, 77%-23%. This one should be tight. More Annoying: Michigan Football Fans or Miami Football Fans?2. Penn State Football Fans vs. 7. Texas Football FansTwo fan bases of traditional powerhouses that had no trouble in the first round. PSU Football Fans took down Arizona State Basketball Fans, 80%-20%. Texas Football Fans were almost as dominant, knocking off Virginia Tech Football Fans, 73%-27%. More Annoying: Texas Football Fans or Penn State Football Fans?3. UConn Men’s Basketball Fans vs. 6. Texas A&M Football FansIn a matchup of former Big East rivals, UConn Men’s Basketball Fans were voted way more annoying than Villanova Basketball Fans, 82%-18%. Texas A&M Football Fans had no problem with Dick Vitale Haters, pulling in 61% of the vote. More Annoying: Texas A&M Football Fans or UConn Basketball Fans?Vote On The #PAWWWL Region Below1. Alabama Football Fans vs. 8. South Carolina Football FansAlabama Football Fans, a strong 1-seed, crushed Kenny Chesney Apologists in the first round, 82%-18%. South Carolina Fans were voted more annoying than that of their rival, Clemson, 60%-40%. We’ll be surprised if the Tide don’t roll on here. More Annoying: Alabama Football Fans or South Carolina Football Fans?4. Georgia Football Fans vs. 5. Syracuse Basketball FansEasily one of the hardest matchups to call in this round. Georgia Football Fans were voted more annoying that SEC Network Conspiracy Theorists, 53%-47%. Syracuse Basketball Fans, one of the best-traveling college basketball groups in the country, took down Gonzaga Basketball Fans, 73%-27%. This one is a toss-up. More Annoying: Syracuse Basketball Fans or Georgia Football Fans?2. Big East Nostalgists vs. 10. Tennessee Football FansBig East Nostalgists, who probably watch that 30 For 30 on repeat, cruised to victory over Georgetown Basketball Fans, 68%-32%. Tennessee Football Fans, on the other hand, scored an interesting upset over West Virginia Basketball Fans, 64%-36%. Are Vols supporters underseeded here? More Annoying: Tennessee Football Fans or Big East Nostalgists?3. Paul Finebaum Callers vs. 6. LSU Football FansSome of these people may actually fit into both categories, but regardless, it should be close. Paul Finebaum Callers, who more-than-deserve a category of their own, beat out Johns Hopkins Lacrosse Fans, 77%-23%. LSU Football Fans had no trouble with Pitt Basketball Fans, triumphing 80%-20%. Good luck picking this one. More Annoying: LSU Football Fans or Paul Finebaum Callers?Check Out The Entire First Round’s Matchups Here >>>
Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman has confirmed the Bluebirds are yet to pay Nantes the first instalment for missing striker Emiliano Sala.Earlier on Wednesday reports emerged that the Ligue 1 club were demanding six of the €15 million (£13m/$17m) from the Premier League club for the Argentine forward.AdChoices广告The plane carrying Sala – and pilot David Ibbotson – from Nantes to Cardiff went missing on January 21 , with Guernsey Police undertaking a search for the Piper Malibu aircraft in the following days. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? After that exploration was stopped, a privately-funded search for the aircraft was launched and the plane was found on Sunday, with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirming one passenger is visible in the submerged wreckage.The AAIB have now recovered the body and, out of respect for Sala’s family, Dalman says Cardiff will allow an ongoing process to be completed before dealing with the payment to Nantes.”The only thing I can say, because it is a sensitive subject, is that I confirm that what you are saying [that Cardiff haven’t paid the first instalment] is true,” he told L’Equipe .”And to be honest, I do not want to say anything more at this time.”When asked why they are yet to pay, Dalman added: “The first reason is that the body has not been recovered yet.”We must show respect to the family. There is a process for recovering the plane. It’s too early for us to comment.”[We will pay] when we think it’s the right time to do it.”I don’t think Cardiff said we were not going to pay.”The AAIB said in a statement released on Wednesday: “In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage. The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.”Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship. The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close. The body is currently being taken to Portland to be passed into the care of the Dorset Coroner. “Although it was not possible to recover the aircraft, the extensive video record captured by the ROV is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation.”
Ajax star Donny van de Beek says he could stay at the club despite interest from “fantastic” Real Madrid.The 22-year-old has already confirmed Madrid have contacted Ajax over a possible transfer as a successful move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba looks increasingly unlikely.Van de Beek, who excelled in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals last season, says there is nothing certain about his future but is not ruling out staying in Amsterdam. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “They’re a fantastic club, but Ajax are too,” he said to Ziggo Sport when asked about Madrid.”I’ve nothing to complain about in that regard. There’s a very good chance I’ll continue playing here, but nothing is certain yet.”When pressed on whether it would be better for the club to have clarity on his future, he said: “I hope so, too, because I’m a bit fed up with all the questions about it.”Van de Beek was involved on Tuesday as Ajax claimed a 3-2 win over PAOK to secure a 5-4 aggregate triumph in the third round of Champions League qualifying.Speaking ahead of that match, director of football Marc Overmars voiced his confidence that Van de Beek could decide to spend a little longer with the Eredivisie champions.”I don’t think it will take long for things to be clear,” Overmars told Ziggo Sport.When asked if he thought Van de Beek would stay, he replied: “I’ll go for yes.”Overmars did, however, confirm there is “absolutely” interest in the player.”I said a few weeks ago that, by a certain date, I want clarity. That date is set,” he added.Ajax have already seen Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) and Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona) depart from last season’s squad, and would be loathe to see another star depart. The Eredivisie champions have a league match against VVV Venlo this weekend before they move on to face APOEL next week in the first leg of another two-leg Champions League play-off.
YouTubeWeek 6 of the college football season provided one of the season’s best games. Then-No. 19 Texas held a three-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter against then-No. 7 Oklahoma when Kyler Murray took over and tied the game at 45. Texas fought back, though and walked out with a 48-45 win.Following the Week 6 slate of games, ESPN updated its Football Power Index – a computer model that measures overall team strength. Alabama remains a heavy favorite in every poll and metric after finally finding an elite quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa.While updating its FPI, ESPN’s computer model also projects win/loss, percentage chance to win a team’s respective conference, and strength of schedule.According to ESPN’s FPI, here are the 10 hardest schedules for the rest of the season.RutgersBaylorWVUOklahoma StateFlorida StateKansasPittIndianaGeorgiaOregon StateYou can see the full results here.West Virginia is the Big 12’s best hope to make the College Football Playoff, statistically, though the road doesn’t get any easier from here. The Mountaineers still have Texas, TCU, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma on the schedule to close the season.Stay tuned.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Week 8 of the college football season is in the books and it delivered one of the biggest upsets so far this season. Unranked Purdue spanked Ohio State 49-20 to hand the Buckeyes their first loss of the year.Despite the loss, Ohio State still has a shot at the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes can win out, win the Big Ten, and hope a Big Ten conference title is enough to make the playoff this year – though it wasn’t quite enough in 2017.ESPN named the 15 teams still eligible to make the playoff – Ohio State among them. Interestingly, there was also a two-loss team among those in the list.ESPN’s “Eliminator” thinks Texas A&M still has a chance to make the playoff.What if the Aggies win out, LSU beats Alabama, then A&M beats the Tigers and finds a way into the SEC title game, in which they beat a one-loss Georgia or Florida? Even that might not earn a spot. But it could, which is reason enough to keep the Aggies alive with their losses to the two best teams nationally.A two-loss team in the playoff?This conversation will resolve itself over the course of the final weeks of the season, though it’s fun to predict which teams will vie for a title come January.[ESPN]
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Alabama football had a weird first half against FCS squad The Citadel, which became the first team to score a point against the Crimson Tide this month.The game went to halftime 10-10. For the rarely satisfied Nick Saban, it might’ve been the ideal outcome, as it gave him reason to motivate the team that some believe may go down as one of the best in college football history.Ultimately, things went the way you’d expect after the break. Alabama cruised out to a 50-17 win.Still, the game showed that the Tide can be a bit vulnerable in spots, and it had an impact on ESPN’s Football Power Index.After yesterday’s college football action, Clemson has jumped Alabama football for the No. 1 spot in ESPN’s FPI.There has been a bit of a narrative that Clemson isn’t that far off of Alabama growing, and FPI certainly supports it.The Tigers knocked off a solid Duke team 35-7. After next weekend’s rivalry clash with South Carolina, Clemson will officially face Pittsburgh for the ACC title.FPI gives Clemson a 95.7-percent chance to win the conference. Alabama is at 64.5-percent chance, since Georgia is a pretty talented club in the eventual SEC title bout.[ESPN]
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan are set to renew their rivalry on Saturday, and per usual, there is a lot on the line. The winner of the contest wins the Big Ten East and gets to take on Northwestern in the league’s title game. A College Football Playoff spot could be on the line as well.Friday, Tim Tebow, who played for Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer at Florida, was on First Take to talk about the contest. He made an interesting suggestion regarding what we might see in the contest.Tebow twice said that Meyer, in the second half, could run some trick plays – saying he might have some “tricks up his sleeve” for the game.Tebow also harped on the idea that the game is a must-win for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines. He thinks this is their opportunity to finally turn the tide on the Buckeyes.Tebow, if Michigan loses tomorrow: “They’ve missed their window, and it doesn’t look good for the future.”–Meh— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 23, 2018Michigan, at the moment, is the No. 4 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, but there’s no doubt that they need to win out to qualify for the event. Ohio State is No. 10 – but obviously, a win over the Wolverines would move them up.Ohio State, if it can win out, can still wind up No. 4 – but they’d have to jump the likes of Oklahoma, LSU and Washington State along the way.The game will take place at Ohio Stadium and kick off at Noon ET. It’ll be broadcast on FOX.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum reacted this morning to Auburn’s dominant bowl victory over Purdue.Finebaum has been critical of Gus Malzahn and the Tigers, but he was impressed with their bowl game performance.Still, Finebaum is unsure if it means anything for the program moving forward.“Sometimes you get tired of hearing everything,” Finebaum said on WJOX this morning.“Last year they were hung over a little bit after the SEC Championship loss, (Kerryon) Johnson was out. And this year, they just seem motivated. Now what it means, moving forward? I have no earthly idea. It makes the offseason a little better. It doesn’t really change the circumstances very much.”Auburn heads into the 2019 season with some optimism, but the Tigers’ schedule is just brutal. Malzahn and Co. open the year against Oregon, which is returning Justin Herbert. Their cross-division SEC opponents include Florida and Georgia.“I’m not sure I see a more difficult schedule in many, many years,” Finebaum said this morning. “You guys tell me what the record will be.”Auburn finished the 2018 season with an 8-5 record. The Tigers might need to improve on that if Malzahn is going to keep his job, but that could prove to be difficult with the schedule.Regardless of what happens, Auburn will be one of the most-intriguing programs in the country to follow next year.
Jalen Hurts was the last #Sooners player off the practice field today on the first day of practice— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) August 3, 2019Two #Sooners post-practice notes:• Tre Norwood was seen on crutches. Not a good sign. Lincoln Riley wasn’t available to comment. He’ll speak to reporters Friday.• Jalen Hurts was last to leave practice field again. Has been the case each practice media’s been at this camp— Tyler Palmateer (@Tpalmateer83) August 7, 2019Jalen Hurts was the last one on the field after practice last night. Music to @OUBarstool’s ears. (via @GeorgeStoia) pic.twitter.com/QTfZ322UWh— Comeback SZN (@ComebackSZNshow) August 7, 2019Jalen Hurts the last one on the field tonight. pic.twitter.com/ovb83uihB4— George Stoia III (@GeorgeStoia) August 7, 2019Hurts started for Alabama for his first two seasons, but got benched at halftime of the national championship game against Georgia during his sophomore campaign. Tua Tagovailoa assumed the starting role for the 2018 season.It’s assumed that Hurts will be Oklahoma’s starter when the season begins, but head coach Lincoln Riley has yet to make it official.Regardless, it appears that Hurts is all-in on earning the role. The Sooners open with Houston on September 1. TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks the field between quarters against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts brings a winning pedigree to his new program, but he’s still going to have to earn the respect of his Sooners teammates. It looks like he’s doing a pretty solid job of that so far.According to a number of reporters who cover the Sooners, Hurts has been the last player on the field at every practice thus far.Hurts, who played at Alabama for three seasons before transferring this past offseason, appears to be trying to get on the same page as his new receivers as the season gets closer and closer.Check it out:
Rohan Sen New DelhiJanuary 9, 2019UPDATED: January 9, 2019 13:48 IST Rishabh Pant was clicked with Tim Paine’s wife and kids on New Year’s day (Bonnie Paine Instagram)HIGHLIGHTSRohit asked Rishabh Pant if he could babysit his daughter in MumbaiTim Paine’s wife Bonnie had earlier called Pant the “best babysitter” in a viral postPant is due to return home from Australia and will enjoy a short break before joining India A squadRishabh Pant starred with the bat and gloves for India in the recent Border-Gavaskar series but it seems his babysitting skills are more in demand as he makes his way back home after a gruelling tour in Australia.Rohit Sharma and Bonnie Paine have both sought help from Rishabh Pant for their kids, asking the India wicketkeeper for his services as a babysitter in two separate posts on social media.”Morning buddy. Heard you’re a good baby sitter, need one right now. Ritika will be quite happy,” Rohit tweeted hours after landing in Sydney.Morning buddy. Heard your a good baby sitter, need one right now. Ritika will be quite happy @RishabPant777 https://t.co/JkGWTYpnBkRohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 9, 2019Rohit and his wife, Ritika Sajdeh, recently became proud parents to a baby girl and probably need a babysitter more than anyone right now. They have named their daughter Samaira.Rohit had missed the fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydney after the birth of his daughter but was back on the plane on Monday.Rohit, along with MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav among others arrived in Sydney on Tuesday for the three-match ODI series which begins with the first ODI on January 12.But it wasn’t just Rohit who wants Pant as the babysitter. Tim Paine’s wife, Bonnie, also requested for Pant’s services once again as she posted a story on Instagram.”Trying to unpack with needy baby. Wonder if Rishabh Pant is free for a babysitting gig today,” Bonnie wrote on the post.advertisement Bonnie Paine has sought Rishabh Pant’s help once again (Bonnie Paine Instagram)Pant and Paine were involved in numerous banters during the Border-Gavaskar series and it was during the Boxing Day Test when the Australian Test captain offered the Delhi batsman a babysitting role at his place.As it turned out, staying true to their banter, Pant was spotted with Paine’s kids on the New Year’s Day in Sydney.Paine’s wife Bonnie took to Instagram to share a photo of Pant with her kids and captioned it: “Best babysitter”. Notably, members of the India and Australia cricket teams were hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at his official residence in Sydney on Tuesday. Bonnie had called Pant the best babysitter after meeting the India wicketkeeper on New Year’s day (Bonnie Paine Instagram)Pant later reacted to the viral post saying that he had a lovely time meeting Tim Paine’s wife and kids.”Everyone’s family were really nice. We met most of the people during the function at the prime minister’s house. It was lovely meeting them. I don’t think I have to change myself for something like that. The only thing is they put the photo on Instagram and it went viral,” Pant said after his record-breaking knock of 159 not out in the Sydney Test.The 21-year-old had a groundbreaking series in Australia as he took a record 20 catches and amassed 350 runs to finish as the second highest run scorer behind Cheteshwar Pujara (521 runs).Pant won’t be featuring in the three-match one-day series against Australia and will return home where he will get to enjoy a short break before joining the India A squad for a five-match one-day series against England Lions starting January 23.Also Read | Fans love ‘babysitter’ Pant’s photo with Tim Paine’s kids: Best thing I have seen all yearAlso Read | The Pant and Paine show at MCG: When light-hearted banter turned offensiveAlso Read | Rishabh Pant now needs to learn how to finish games, says Ravi ShastriFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow Bonnie PaineFollow Tim PaineFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Rishabh Pant babysitter Babysitter Rishabh Pant in high demand as Rohit Sharma and Bonnie Paine seek helpRishabh Pant’s picture with Tim Paine’s wife and kids had gone viral on social media after the Boxing Day Test last year.advertisement
graphs Yeh to waise bhi chauka hai: Rishabh Pant predicts the outcome before the resultIPL 2019, DC vs KKR: Rishabh Pant predicted that Robin Uthappa would hit the ball for a four even before it was bowled. This has cause many fans to wonder if it was spot fixing. No data available! commentary advertisement view more view less Scorecard Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 31, 2019UPDATED: March 31, 2019 13:47 IST Rishabh Pant’s prediction has caused many to suspect it as spot fixing (@IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant predicted that Robin Uthappa would hit the ball for a four even before it was bowledMany fans have started questioning how Pant predicted the future, with some suggesting spot fixingDelhi Capitals went onto beat Kolkata Knight Riders in the Super Over as Kagiso Rabada defended 10 runsRishabh Pant’s prediction, caught on the stump mic during the Delhi Capitals’ (DC) home game against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), has created a flutter on social media with some fans claiming the match was fixed.According to reports, Pant on Saturday was caught on the stump mic, saying “yeh to waise bhi choka hai (this is going to go for a four)” in the fourth over when KKR’s Robin Uthappa was batting.The experienced right-hander hit the next ball for a four-off Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane to get off the mark.The video of the incident did rounds on social media with many fans crying foul as to how Pant knew before the ball was delivered that it would find the fence.@vikrantgupta73 Is IPL 2019 fixed? Why Rishabh pant was sure that the next delivery would go for four?Darpan Bhagabaty (@Bitu91823930) March 31, 2019Fixing is directly proportional to Indian Premier League. Saw a live scene where Rishabh Pant was heard saying ‘Yeh to wese bhi chauka hai’ before Sandip Lamichane bowled to Robin Uthappa. Guess what, the ball went on to the boundary. Lol.MH (@Hussaynnn) March 30, 2019rishabh pant did spot fixing and also match was fixed..If pant wanted he can hit in moment delhi stop himself to hit..Even shaw were thereUNDERDOG (@Underdogpk) March 30, 2019Delhi went on to win the match in the Super Over after finishing on 185/6 chasing 186 for victory.Batting first in the Super Over, Delhi managed just 10/1 with Prasidh Krishna bowling a tight line. In reply, KKR lost Andre Russell for just four as Kagiso Rabada bowled a perfect yorker.advertisementHe followed it up with a few perfect deliveries to defend the total and win the game for Delhi.Earlier, what KKR all-rounder Andre Russell did, Prithvi Shaw did better. But nerves got the better of the DC batsmen as the match ended in a tie and went into the Super Over.Also Read | Missed the chance to finish the game for Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw after 99Also Read | Just saw Super Over as a simulation and glad it paid off: Kagiso RabadaAlso Read | Rabada promised to bowl only yorkers in Super Over vs KKR: DC captain IyerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Rishabh PantFollow stump micFollow Spot fixingFollow Social MediaFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow DCFollow KKR
IPL 2019: RCB have lost 6 out 6, Chahal optimistic of playoff berthYuzvendra Chahal feels that they have to put losses behind and focus on eight matches coming up. He believes the team still has an outright chance to qualify for the playoffs.advertisement Press Trust of India MohaliApril 12, 2019UPDATED: April 12, 2019 23:50 IST IPL 2019: RCB’s Yuzvendra Chahal optimistic of playoff berth. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAfter losing 6 out of 6 matches, RCB’s Chahal still feels the team has a chance of qualifying in the IPL playoffsYuzvendra Chahal feels that Kohli-led RCB is not playing as a team and that they need to step upChahal also said that frequent chopping and changing in the top order has affected the team balanceDown in the dumps after six straight losses, Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Friday admitted that his side failed to click as a unit this season so far but said staying focused and hoping to win the the remaining games was the only option before the team now.”We have to forget about the games we lost because we cannot change the results. We have to put losses behind and focus on eight matches coming up,” Chahal said at the pre-match press conference ahead of their crucial game against Kings XI Punjab here on Saturday.Virat Kohli-led RCB have lost six matches on the trot and are placed at the bottom of the points table.Chahal, the side’s leading wicket taker, believes that all is not over yet.”We are six down, but we still have an outright chance to qualify for the playoffs. If you can remember in 2016, when we played in final, we were in the same kind of situation. We needed to win six out of seven games. We need to back our skills,” he said.On where things went wrong for RCB this season, Chahal said, “I am not going to blame batting or bowling. I think as a team we have not clicked, we are not playing as a team. Sometimes our batting is not working and sometimes bowling. We need to understand that it is not an individual game, you can’t depend upon couple of players. All the eleven players need to step up.”advertisementHe also said that RCB will need to do better in the death bowling.”We need to improve in our death bowling as well. It is a big issue for us. We are bowling well till the 16th over. We need to finish well,” the wrist-spinner said.The frequent chopping and changing in the top order had also affected the team balance of RCB and Chahal, when asked to comment on this, said, “We are a settled squad. There is no question about it. We want Virat and AB de Villiers to play as much as possible. We change the top order according to the situation of the game.”Chahal admitted that RCB fielding has not been up to the mark and said dropping 12-13 catches was simply unacceptable.On the week-long break which the side had, Chahal said, “The break was good for us. We discussed where we are committing mistakes. Tomorrow is an important match. If we can win this, we can get back the momentum.”Addressing a separate press conference, KXIP head coach Mike Hesson said that he was hopeful his in-form batting order will be back in full strength, including Chris Gayle.He said both Gayle and Mayank Agarwal have recovered and are highly likely to feature in the playing XI on Saturday.KXIP have won four out of seven games they played so far.”Gayle has made some good recovery, it’s just back spasms, not anything major. He got a whack on his foot but that seems to have settled down as well. He is highly likely to play on Saturday,” Hesson said.”Mayank has made some good recovery, obviously he had some damage to his finger but I am hopeful that he will be playing.”Also Read | Yuzvendra Chahal is no robot, he is a champion bowler: Muttiah MuralitharanAlso Read | You are my batting inspiration, Smriti Mandhana jokes with Yuzvendra ChahalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow IPL playoffs
Nokia 3.2 launched in India with Google Assistant button, price starts at Rs 8,990The Nokia 3.2 is an affordable Android One device that comes with a dedicated Google Assistant button, large display and a two-day battery life, among other things. Check out its price in India, release date and specs right here.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMay 21, 2019UPDATED: May 21, 2019 14:11 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Nokia 3.2 price in India starts at Rs 8,990 for the 2GB + 16GB storage variant.The Nokia 3.2 will go on sale starting May 23 via offline retail stores and Nokia.com/phones.The Nokia 3.2 is an affordable phone with a Google Assistant button, 2-day battery and large 6.26-inch display.After launching the Nokia 4.2 (Review) in India earlier this month, HMD Global has now brought the Nokia 3.2 to the country. First announced at MWC 2019, the Nokia 3.2 is a budget smartphone that slots just below the Nokia 4.2. It highlights a large waterdrop display along with stock Android 9 Pie, a two-day battery life and a couple of unique buttons that includes an LED notification light power button and Google Assistant button, among other things.The Nokia 3.2 price in India starts at Rs 8,990 for the 2GB + 16GB storage variant. It also comes in a 3GB + 32GB option that comes at a recommended best buy price of Rs 10,790. The Nokia 3.2 will be available in Black and Steel colour options across top mobile retail stores in India and via Nokia.com/phones starting Thursday, May 23.HMD has also announced a few offers on the Nokia 3.2. Firstly, Vodafone and Idea subscribers purchasing the Nokia 3.2 will get a Rs 2,500 instant cashback in the form of 50 vouchers of Rs 50 each. These vouchers can be redeemed on recharges of Rs 199 and above. Customers purchasing the device through HDFC Bank Credit or Debit cards on EMI or regular transaction can also avail 10 per cent cashback. This offer will be available at retail outlets from May 23 to June 15. Lastly, consumers can also use promo code “LAUNCHGIFT” to receive a gift card of Rs 1,000 on purchasing the Nokia 3.2 via Nokia.com/phones. Additionally, consumers will also get a free one-time screen-replacement for a six-month period.Nokia 3.2 specificationsThe Nokia 3.2 is the second phone after the Nokia 4.2 to bring a droplet-style notch, allowing for a full-screen display. The handset sports a 6.26-inch HD+ (1520×720) TFT LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a 2.5D curved glass protection. The Nokia 3.2 is a fairly large handset measuring 159.44 x 76.24 x 8.60 mm and weighing 181 grams. It gets a plastic unibody shell on the back that comes in Black and Steel colours.advertisementThe latest Nokia smartphone packs a Snapdragon 429 chipset paired with 2GB or 3GB of RAM. It is offered with up to 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 400GB via a dedicated microSD card slot. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and the Nokia 3.2 also supports face unlock.The Nokia 3.2 is the most affordable phone to come with a dedicated Google Assistant button. The idea is to offer a quick and convenient way to access the Google AI. A simple tap of the button will bring up Assistant even on lock screen. The Nokia 3.2 also gets a notification light power button like the Nokia 4.2. The power button lights up upon receiving a missed call or unread message.The budget Android One smartphone ships with a clean and stock Android 9 pie software with all its features such as gesture-based navigation, Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Display and Digital Wellbeing, among others. It gets a single 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.HMD Global is promises a two-day battery life with the Nokia 3.2 as it houses a large 4,000mAh capacity. The charging will take place over a microUSB port and you will get a 10W charger with the box. Connectivity options include WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, aptX and a 3.5mm headphone jack.ALSO READ | Nokia 4.2 review: Premium and compact Android One phone on a budgetGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow HMD GlobalFollow Nokia 3.2